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Stuart Littleford - Reporter
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Carers from Saddleworth attend free dementia workshops

Recruitment & Retention Co-ordinator at Home Instead, Debra Sparks

Saddleworth based Home Instead Senior Care, who provide at-home care for older people, have just completed a number of free Alzheimer’s and other dementias workshops for family members in Oldham.

The free workshops which took place during National Dementia Awareness Week (19-25 May), were also attended by local people who may interact with someone with dementia and were extremely well received.

The ground breaking family workshops were adapted from the […]

Brighouse and Rastrick Band celebrate as overall champions

B&R during their performance at Dobcross

Brighouse and Rastrick Band are celebrating after once again being crowned overall champions in last week’s Whit Friday band contests in Saddleworth.

Conducted by their professional conductor Professor David King, they won through despite stiff competition from approximately 100 Brass Bands from across the UK, Europe and Scandinavia.

The Band competed in 8 of 11 possible contests open to them and won 5 of these plus gaining a 3rd place, a 4th place […]

Band contests pull in the crowds despite the poor weather

Bands marching through Uppermill Square - Photo Stuart Littleford

The Saddleworth Whit Friday band contests saw large crowds turnout yesterday despite the miserable weather conditions.

Kilngreen procession walking through Uppermill - Photo Stuart Littleford

A procession of bands and church congregations marched into Uppermill before lunchtime, finishing in the village park for hymns and sermons.

The evening band contests saw a record number of bands taking part at Diggle and Denshaw this year.

A full list of all […]

Thousands set to enjoy Whit Friday band contests

Whit Friday in Saddleworth

This weekend Saddleworth will be hosting its Whit Friday band contests with thousands of people expected to turn up.

This traditional event dates back to an earliest-recorded contest in 1884 and is dubbed ‘the greatest free show on earth’.

Contests will run across 12 villages from around 4.00pm until 10.30pm or later on Friday May 24th – following on from the traditional ‘Whit Walks’ in the morning.

The organisation of these contests takes several months […]

Rocking all over Saddleworth

Rock Choir

It’s only 18 months since Rock Choir opened in Saddleworth, but its members have already broken a Guinness World Record, flash mobbed for Sport Relief, sung with comedian Jimmy Cricket in aid Comic Relief, performed to thousands of people at the prestigious Manchester Theatre Awards, and helped raise over £1 million for charity!

“Rock Choir is the UK’s largest amateur contemporary choir and has 16,000 members,” explains local Rock Choir Leader Phil Reynolds. “There are no auditions […]

The Diggle Blues Festival returns with leading blues artists

The Diggle Blues Festival returns to Diggle in June with a fantastic line-up of performances from some of the North West’s leading blues artists.

Mike Sweeney and friends (Photo: Stuart Coleman Photography©2013)

The festival Programme will be as follows:

Thursday 13th June - An evening with Victor Brox, 8pm at the Hanging Gate.

Friday 14th June - Mike Parker, 7pm at the Hanging Gate.

Zodiacs, 8.30pm at Diggle Band Club.

Saturday 15th June - Charlie White, 2pm at the […]

Hillbilly comes to Saddleworth with the Reverend Peyton

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band are playing at Friezland Church Hall tomorrow night - all the way from Brown County, Indiana!

This promises to be a fantastic show and tickets can be purchased in advance or on the door.

Fly tipping on the increase in Saddleworth

Fly tipping appears to be on the increase around Saddleworth in recent weeks with a number of large furniture items dumped on moorland.

Fly tipping around Saddleworth - Photo: Stuart Littleford

A large amount of builders rubble has also been dumped at Denshaw, along with a number of oil barrels scattered around Lark Hill, Dobcross, in recent days.

This photo was taken at Brunclough Reservoir, Standedge, and has been reported to Oldham Council’s environmental section, they are taking firm […]

Saddleworth councillors call for whole community groups

Cllr Garth Harkness

Liberal Democrat councillors for Saddleworth North, Garth Harkness, Derek Heffernan and Alan Roughley, wanted everybody in their ward to be a full voting member of a community group which has no membership fee.

Cllr Derek Heffernan

Cllr Alan Roughley said: “The Localism Act purpose is to pass down decision taking to local people as far as is possible. it will become important and any community which is not able to come together and voice their […]

Saddleworth Group of Artists 2013 Summer exhibition

Spring Morning, Snowdonia, oil by Sheila Dewsbury

The Saddleworth Group of Artists has a long history of distinguished members.

The 2013 Summer Exhibition presents an opportunity to see for yourself how well the standard is being maintained.

An original painting may be be a joy for life and you will find a wide range of subjects at very reasonable prices.

So enjoy a local celebration of the arts of painting and drawing presented by the Saddleworth Group of Artists […]

Saddleworth bus services under scrutiny

Bus service under scrutiny

There have been continuing complaints about the service provided by First Bus in the Saddleworth area: abrupt cancellations, lateness, missing out sections of the route, performance in wintry weather, high fares etc.

For the first time First Bus managers will be answering questions from their customers at meetings of the Traffic & Transport Committee of Saddleworth Parish Council and District Partnership, which are held in public.

The committee has been collecting complaints and seeking answers […]

Saddleworth residents should avoid being scammed

Saddleworth residents are being encouraging to fight back against fraudsters.

Oldham Council along with Trading Standards are encouraging people to collect any scam mailings they receive and drop them into the designated yellow ‘Scams’ bin in Oldham Library and Learning Centre, Greaves Street.

The campaign is part of National Scams Awareness Month (May 2013)

There are hundreds of scams: fake lotteries and prize draws, bogus health cures, dodgy investment schemes, pyramid selling, phishing - to name just a few.

Every […]